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All sessions are offered in both Hebrew and English

Israeli poets often turn to biblical sources for inspiration and metaphors.

Of all the biblical themes one could think of – the Binding of Isaac – the Akeida is the one most recurrent since the early years of Modern Hebrew poetry.

The session focuses on this painful them...

Whistle blowing, telling kings as well as the whole people of Israel off, is a truly sacred Jewish tradition. Chastising, and punishing the prophets for their painful words of truth is equally rooted in our tradition.

In our times, poets and writers took it upon themsel...

I am writing this because people I loved have died. I am writing this because when I was young I was full of the power of loving, and now that power of loving is dying. I do not want to die. Oz, Amos. My Michael: A Novel. 1968 Amos Oz – the great Israeli novelist had p...

During the 70 years of the state and even before, poets and lyric writers were pushing envelopes too far by the standard of others. The authorities exercised censorship and banned these works from the radio and other venues. What are those censored poems and songs? Wha...

Not until I have started my research for these sessions, did I notice how many Israeli songs and poems use the imperative! ציווי   form, telling readers and listeners what to do and even more strongly what not to do.

This session will explore some of these “command...

The Aliya experience is probably the most popular venue of becoming an Israeli. We are after all, a nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants.

In this session we will listen to poets and lyric writers who instruct new immigrants how to stop being who they are,...

Israeli poetry was always and still is, a major source for shaping personal as well as national conduct. This session will focus on two major sources of inspiration for modern Israel: TANA”CH and the Holocaust.

Our quest will start with the very early pre- state days im...

This session examines the reflection of biblical motifs in modern Israeli poetry: Our main themes will be the Akeda (The Binding of Isaac), Joseph, and other biblical figures and events that inspire modern writers as lenses of contemporary dilemmas. Our choice of autho...

This session offers a critical reading of modern poems that challenge our traditional view of well-known biblical figures. With works by Yehudit Kafri, Uzi Shavit , Haim Guri and others, we will revisit Rachel, Eve, Jacob's sons, Bat Sheva and Sisra's mother to explore...

Although Israel is often seen as a society divided along the lines of religiosity and secularism, a close look will show how even the most secular of writers are rooted in classical texts and create their own language of secular prayer.

The session will examine a variet...

Shabbat can be many different things to different people. If you are ready to venture outside of synagogues and traditional family meals, you may find some interesting Shabbat experiences. The session will offer a variety of approaches to Shabbat in modern Israeli poet...

This session is considered by many as the “Rachel Korazim 101” – namely the best to start your exploration into the world of Israeli poetry.

The core Zionist narrative of Israel presents an unbroken unwavering connection between the people of Israel and its land. True a...

This session requires a projector, and speakers.

This session presents a sensitive yet very real theme in Israeli literature: The fact that even the most ardent Zionist immigrants had difficulties adjusting to the new land. Through prose and poetry of Rachel, Lea Goldbe...

This session requires a projector and speakers.

Based on one of the first paragraphs of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, this session offers a chronological exploration of the longing to Zion and meetings with its reality.

Popular songs and poetry put to music will...

This session is best suited for the opening or conclusion of an Israel trip – if your group is under 25 participants, we can have it in my home in Jaffa.

The Zionist movement had created more than one narrative of the connections between the Jewish people and the Land o...

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